Friday, March 21, 2008

Macro lens

We rented a 105mm f/2.8 macro lens for the weekend and shot a lot of closeup pictures. In no particular order...

This little guy was in our first batch of discus. He's stunted, but we like him anyway.

Bosemani Rainbow.

Anonymous cichlid. Either an apisto, or a simlarly tempered small african - we failed to label him when we brought them home so again, information would be appreciated.

Juvenile Firemouth Cichlid. We have a pair of these that are looking for a new home. They are absolutely gorgeous specimens, and one is just beginning to show some red in the throat.

These guys were identified as Blue Barbs when we got them, but no scientific name was provided. Maximum size was listed as 4-6" and they bear a strong resemblance to cherry barbs, but with only a band of red, and a striking blue metallic coloration from the rest

Blue Tetras

Hemianthus Callitrichoides ( sometimes sold as 'Dwarf Baby Tears' )
This particular batch is growing emmersed in the bog area behind the 240.

Espei Rasbora ( Trigonostigma espei )

Congo Tetra ( Phenacogrammus Interruptus )

Bolivian Rams ( Mikrogeophagus Altispinosus )

Blue Ram ( Mikrogeophagus Ramierezi )

Discus with a spelunking fetish

School o' Clown Loaches ( Chromobotia Macracanthus )

Gold Ram ( Ramirezi varietal )

Apistogramma Cacatuoides - he was labelled a double red. Is there an orange Cactuoides varietal now? These guys have given us a small batch of fry in a split 15 gallon. Cant wait to get them into a normal sized tank by them selves.

Amano Shrimp - Caradinia Japonica ( have now been reclassified, but I dont have the new name handy. )

Caridina Serrata varietal.
A bright orange varietal of the freshwater bee shrimp. These were one of the early shrimp available to the hobby, though this is the first time I have ever seen them in person.

Endler's Livebearer Fry ( Poecilia Wingei )

Garden variety nuisance snail on glass... gotta love macro lenses
Pearling Ricca Fluitans

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Three weeks of growth

Three weeks growth on the bog plants

The potted plants placed around the driftwood centerpiece got the blue-green algae to back off a little. We resorted to planting as much as possible in the tank, regardless of arrangement in order to get ahead of the algae growth.

A short of the 150g tank. It's slow going, but it looks good so far.

Angels in the 60g tank. We have a nice pile of Riccia growing in the top-left. This is the only tank we've successfully grown ground-cover plants in so far.

These are a new addition to our 72g South American Cichlid tank... they're a blue rosy barb or something like that. There is a firemouth cichlid on the right. Better pictures to come..